By Guest Blogger: Taylor Calamese

I’ve often wondered what differentiates those individuals who are “go-getters” from the individuals who are “just getting by”. Why are some people crazy enough to believe they can really make a difference in the world and some people are content with just making it to work on time? What separates the successful from the unsuccessful?

I’ve considered the fact that maybe those who “make it” in life are composed of a different type of DNA. Maybe everybody doesn’t get the successful gene; however, research has shown that there is no type of gene in the body called the “success” gene. So then I thought, well maybe these ambitious individuals go to some elite school that is located in a remote corner of the world, where they learn all the secrets to success in life. But after searching every search engine for this school, I was able to find nothing that could lead me to believe this theory. Then after much thought, research and some consideration of my own successes thus far, I’ve come to realize that the only thing that differentiates one person from the next is their motivation.

Motivation is that invisible force that pushes us past our fears, doubts, and self-imposed limitations to lead us to accomplish our goals and dreams.  We all have dreams and that’s nice, but I have never been content to just sit around and wish for things-and neither should you. At some point, you have to become uncomfortable with being comfortable and find something worth chasing in this world. What is going to drive you to be more than you are today?

Everyday is a new opportunity to change your life.  It is another chance you have on this earth to do what you didn’t do yesterday. Find what motivates you and let that be the momentum to spark change in your life and the lives of others. My motivation came from being in a very unhealthy relationship. I became broken down to the point where only God was able to piece me back together again. From my most broken state, he was able to piece me back together in a way where I was strong enough to go forward with his purpose for my life. The little broken girl of yesterday is what motivates me to work hard and touch others lives because I know what she had to go through to become the young lady of today.

Behind every victory have been some struggles. Nothing is easy but if you find a dream that is worth fighting, everything will come together to help you achieve it. Lucky for us, there is no special gene or elite school that excludes us from becoming successful. Figure out what motivates you and commit yourself to honoring your dreams and ambitions- you owe it to yourself.

Taylor Calamese Biography

 Taylor Calamese is a Charlotte native and an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. In addition to currently pursuing her Masters at East Carolina University, Taylor is a fitness columnist for “Her Magazine”.  Taylor is the founder of Image Devotions, which is a company dedicated to empowering females through fitness, health and style. Services include personal training, group fitness, style tutorials and confidence workshops. For more information, visit or email

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